Republicans Would Stay & Fight If Russia Invaded America, Democrats Would Flee: Poll
Most Democratic voters say they would flee country if faced with Ukraine-style invasion
The vast majority of Republican voters say they would stay and fight if America was faced with a Ukraine-style invasion, while most Democrats say they would flee the country, a new poll has revealed.
The divide was outlined in a new Quinnipiac University Poll published Monday.
Of the Republicans surveyed, 68 percent said they would stay and fight compared to just 40% of Democrats.
52 percent of Democrats said they would flee the country, compared to just 25% of Republicans.
However, while the hypothetical question was polarizing between parties, the overall majority of Americans (55%) would still stay and fight if they were in the same position as the Ukrainians are now.
Only 38% of the overall respondents said they would leave the country.
"When confronted with a terrible hypothetical that would put them in the shoes of the Ukrainians, Americans say they would stand and fight rather than seek safety in another country," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
According to the poll, 66% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats said they supported accepting Ukrainian refugees into the U.S.
At least 1.7 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive nearly two weeks ago, according to data from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
According to the poll, 60% of Americans also believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is mentally unstable and willing to use nuclear weapons against NATO countries.
When asked if Putin's actions against Ukraine were comparable to Adolph Hitler's actions against Austria and Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II, half of Americans surveyed agreed.
If Putin decides to go beyond Ukraine and attack a NATO country, 79% approved a U.S. military response, including 82% of Republicans and 88% of Democrats.
According to the poll, 83% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats don't believe the Russian people have a say in what Putin and his government choose to do.
Of those surveyed, 74% also feel that the Russian people don't have a full understanding of what is happening in Ukraine.
"Russians are largely in the dark about and unable to halt the destruction being wrought by Putin, say Americans who see the Russian leader as mentally unstable," added Malloy.
"And half of Americans liken Putin to modern history's darkest villain, Adolf Hitler.:
Nearly half of Americans (49%) also say the attack on Ukraine has contributed to them feeling anxious, according to the poll.
When asked how long they expect the war in Ukraine to last, 19% of those surveyed believe it will be over in weeks, 44% feel it will end in months, and 23% believe it will last years.
The Quinnipiac University Poll surveyed 1,374 U.S. adults nationwide from March 4-6, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.